- Aluminium (album)
Infobox Album | Name = Aluminium
Richard Russelland Joby Talbot
6 November 2006
Recorded = Between August 2005 and February 2006
Length = 34:18
Aluminium is the name of a music project based upon an
orchestral reworking of the music of the band The White Stripes. Its members are Richard Russell and Joby Talbot. Jack White, of the White Stripes, has endorsed the project.
Rob Jones has also produced an exhibition of artwork based on the album.
Ten images based upon the album, as well as a series of other White Stripes and
Raconteursartwork, all by Rob Jones, was displayed at the Richard Goodall Galleryin Manchesterin Autumn 2006. In the 999 LP editions of the album there are 10 inch square sections of a silk print by Rob Jones in each sleeve. [http://www.xlrecordings.com/aluminium/ XL Recordings] Accessed October 2006 ]
Given the White Stripes' fondness for the number three it may be worth noting that the logo for Aluminium is a depiction of
Aluminiumexcluding the element's outermost electron shell, which normally contains three electrons.
The album, of
avant-gardeorchestral music, was originally conceived by Richard Russell and Joby Talbot. After working on some tracks - including "Aluminium" (the White Stripes' original from the album White Blood Cells retained the American spelling "Aluminum") and "I'm Bound to Pack it Up" - they presented the work to the White Stripes in Cincinnati.
Following White's penchant for the number "3", only 3,333 copies of the CD version have been produced, along with 999 LPs. In addition to this, the album is available on unlimited download. [ [http://www.nme.com/news/white-stripes/24617 White Stripes' orchestral album released in full] Accessed October 2006 ] The album was available for
pre-orderon November 6 2006and fully released on November 13.
The music was recorded by a specially selected orchestra. Part of it has since been used by choreographer
Wayne McGregorin a production for the Royal Ballet.
On November 13, 2006, Xl Recordings released a 12" vinyl only single from the Aluminium album, limited to 500 copies. Side A was the track "Aluminum," while B contained a remix by
Four Tetof "Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)". The catalogue number for the single was XLT 246. Rob Jones designed the sleeve art, similar in appearance to the Aluminium album cover.
* [http://www.whitestripes.com/ Official site for The White Stripes]
* [http://www.alumiiinium.com/ Official website for ALUMINIUM]
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